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  1. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Oct 23, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Teich

    With the Notre Dame offense unable to play their top three receiving threats and with running back Armando Allen well below 100 percent, it’s not a complete surprise that the Irish offense struggled against Navy’s bend, but not break, defense. What is a surprise is the complete collapse of the Irish defense, which was absolutely…

  2. Live Blog: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Oct 22, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

    If you’re looking for a live feed of the game, you can catch it here.

  3. Pregame Twelve Pack: Navy Edition

    Oct 22, 2010, 3:01 AM EDT

    Crist

    Bring on another Pregame Twelve Pack. Twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers and miscellaneous musings as we head into the Navy game in the new Meadowlands. 1. Want a key to victory? Irish need to win the turnover battle. Even though the Irish have won the yardage and first down battle in the last three games…

  4. Notre Dame vs. Navy… The Rivalry?

    Oct 21, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

    As the Irish prepare for their 84th meeting with the Naval Academy, I noticed that this game is being billed as “The Rivalry,” by some clever marketers. Not to discredit what Navy has done over the past three years, but it’s tough to call Notre Dame vs. Navy a rivalry, at least in the definition…

  5. Floyd and Allen vow to be ready for Navy

    Oct 21, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    While two of Notre Dame’s most important offensive weapons, Kyle Rudolph and Theo Riddick, are already out for Saturday’s game against Navy, two others are doing their best to make sure they’ll be on the field. Senior Armando Allen, who played only briefly against Western Michigan, was adamant he’ll be ready for Navy. “Without a…

  6. Remodel complete: Redesign awesome

    Oct 20, 2010, 10:07 PM EDT

    Notice anything different? It’s the work of a dozen different tech-wizards, web-designers, producers and editors responsible for giving Inside the Irish (and eventually the rest of the NBCSports.com blogs) a totally awesome face lift. For those of you logging in this afternoon, prepare for ITI 2.0, where you’ll still get the same old me, but…

  7. 2011 and 2012 schedules set

    Oct 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    The University of Notre Dame announced today that the 2011 and 2012 schedules are officially set. 2011 Sept. 3 SOUTH FLORIDA Sept. 10 at Michigan Sept. 17 MICHIGAN STATE Sept. 24 at Pittsburgh Oct. 1 at Purdue Oct. 8 AIR FORCE Oct. 15 Open Date Oct. 22 USC Oct. 29 NAVY Nov. 5 at Wake…

  8. The case for 9-3

    Oct 20, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    David Bruton, David Grimes, and Maurice Crum

    When addressing the media after his worst coaching loss in nearly two full seasons, Brian Kelly made it clear that the season could go two ways, after starting with three loses in their first four games. “There’s going to be a lot of 1-3 football teams across the country,” Kelly said after losing to Stanford.…

  9. And in that corner… The Navy Midshipmen

    Oct 20, 2010, 2:30 AM EDT

    Ken Niumatalolo, Emmett Merchant

    After over forty years of frustration, the Naval Academy has finally turned the tide on the Fighting Irish. After years of having victory snatched out of their hands by a football team with greater pedigree and higher-ranked recruits, 2007 marked a watershed victory for the Midshipmen, and the opening of the floodgates that have turned…

  10. Tuesdays with BK: Navy edition

    Oct 19, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

    As he does every Tuesday, Brian Kelly threw on a suit and addressed the assembled media for his weekly press conference. On tap this week, a date with the pesky Naval Academy. Here’s a snippet of what BK said:   As usual, here are a few observations: During an interesting exchange, Kelly was asked about…

  11. Riddick out, Floyd game-time decision as WRs depleted

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

    During Brian Kelly’s Tuesday remarks, he announced that the wide receiving corp is definitely shy one more playmaker — and possible two — as they prepare for Navy. Theo Riddick will be wearing a cast on his severely sprained ankle and unavailable for Saturday’s contest. “We were fearful it would require surgery,” Kelly said. “Doesn’t…

  12. Preparation for Navy option already under way

    Oct 18, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    After 43 consecutive victories over Navy, the Midshipmen have having beaten Notre Dame two of the last three times they’ve played. With an option offense piloted by Ricky Dobbs, one of the best option quarterbacks to play in the last two decades, preparation for Navy’s option attack is already well underway. “This will be our…

  13. The good, the bad, the ugly: Western Michigan

    Oct 17, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

    Before we put Saturday’s 44-20 victory in the rear-view mirror, let’s talk about what was gained from the win against Western Michigan, the first MAC opponent to play the Irish in Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish were able to pull out their first three-game winning streak since early last season, erasing the three-game slide that…

  14. ND vs. Western Michigan — Postgame Highlights

    Oct 17, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    For your viewing pleasure, here’s four minutes and 24 seconds of highlights from yesterday’s game.  

  15. That's what he said: Brian Kelly

    Oct 17, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    After the Irish’s 44-20 victory, Brian Kelly spoke to the media. Here’s what he said:  

  16. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Western Michigan

    Oct 16, 2010, 6:48 PM EDT

    Floyd WMU

    Notre Dame got off to the perfect start on Saturday afternoon, with Dayne Crist hitting a wide open Michael Floyd for an 80-yard touchdown pass on the games first play from scrimmage. The rest of the first half? Not so great. “I was not happy obviously about the first half and we hadn’t played that…

  17. Pregame Twelve Pack: Western Michigan edition

    Oct 16, 2010, 3:30 AM EDT

    We’re back for another Pregame Twelve Pack. Twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers and miscellaneous musings as we head into the Western Michigan game. 1. The Irish will be wearing new uniforms this Saturday. Thanks to some new technology from Adidas, the Irish will be donning the new TECHFIT compression jersey this Saturday. “They’re really excited…

  18. That's what he said: Dayne Crist

    Oct 15, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    Dayne Crist talked to the production team earlier this week, recapping the first half of the season as he prepared for Western Michigan. Here’s what he said.  

  19. Run/Pass mix a difficult balancing act

    Oct 14, 2010, 2:39 PM EDT

    If you’re looking for a debate among Notre Dame football fans, there’s none more enjoyable than the run/pass balance in Brian Kelly’s offensive system. While people have to be pleased with the steady progress from quarterback Dayne Crist, the transformation of Armando Allen during his senior season has made him the offensive MVP of the…